Claims director put on inquiry board days after LNP donation

UNIONISTS allege a power company director was appointed to a government inquiry just days after the company made a political donation.

Speaking at the Palmer United Party-sought Senate inquiry into the Queensland government, Electrical Trades Union representatives claimed private energy provider ERM Power's director was appointed as an independent inquiry chair into the electricity industry five days after the company made a donation to the LNP government.

ETU policy officer Lance McCallum, who has previously stood as a Labor candidate, said the union made right to information requests which found the ERM director had been appointed well before the donation had been disclosed.

However, Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald pointed out ERM Power was a donor to the Labor party as well.

In a separate submission, Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said changes to TAFE Queensland, which he said Labor began but the LNP completed "with vigour", had costs jobs and had impacts on teaching outcomes.

The senate inquiry will sit in Nambour next Friday.